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The Star of Kazan [Hardcover]

Eva Ibbotson
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Review

...Involve[s] difficulties surmounted, and do[es] not patronize but won't give a child nightmares. -- The Times, 10 November 2004

A magnificent piece of storytelling, which positively luxuriates in the extraordinary twists and turns of the plot. -- Books for Keeps, November 2004

Book Description

Annika never has a birthday – no one knows the date she was born. She celebrates her Found Day instead. For Annika was abandoned as a baby and found by a cook and a housemaid from Vienna. Her upbringing in the servants’ quarters of the house of three eccentric professors means that at an early age she can bake and ice a three-tier cake, and polish parquet floors to perfection. One summer's evening a very old lady comes to stay with Annika's awful neighbours. The stories of her extraordinary life as a famous dancer are spellbinding. Especially the tale of the besotted Russian count who gave her the legendary emerald, the Star of Kazan. Then suddenly a glamorous stranger arrives at Annika’s door. Her mother, after years of guilt and searching, has come to claim her. Annika is no servant but a Prussian aristocrat whose true home is a great castle. But at crumbling, spooky Spittal she discovers that all is not as it seems in the lives of her new-found family . . . Eva Ibbotson’s hugely entertaining story is a timeless classic for listeners young and old. Fans of JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA are in for an even more captivating treat in the eagerly-awaited THE STAR OF KAZAN. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

About the Author

Eva Ibbotson writes for both adults and children. Her books for children, with their fantastic creatures, outrageous characters, dark humour and brilliant storytelling, have much in common with Roald Dahl's. Journey To The River Sea (033039715X) won the Smarties Prize Gold Award and was Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Which Witch? (0 330 26586 5) was runner-up for the Carnegie Medal and The Secret Of Platform 13 (0 330 39801 6) was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. She lives in Newcastle.
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